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Apr 13, 2016

A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars

A special screening of the new documentary

Minneapolis, April 8, 2016. – Maidan Minnesota in partnership with the Ukrainian American Community Center invites the general public to attend a special screening of the new documentary about Crimean Tatars on May 20th, 2016 at 6:30pm.

Produced by Ukrainian American filmmaker, Christina Paschyn, “A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars,” explores the history and culture of the Crimean Tatars, the indigenous people of Crimea, Ukraine, and chronicles the events surrounding the 2014 Russian invasion and occupation of the peninsula. Filmed in Crimea in 2012, this powerful film includes interviews with historians, survivors of the 1944 deportation, Crimean Tatar leaders, young activists, and pro-Russian nationalists.

During a executive committee meeting of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars (2016) and an international conference on Mass Violations of Human Rights in Crimea, Vytautas Landsbergis claimed that the Crimean Tatars are "the new enslaved nation in today's Europe.”

“A Struggle for Home” recently was awarded Best International Film at the 2016 Washington, DC Independent Film Festival, received the Silver Award at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards in 2015 and Award of Merit at the IndieFest Film Awards in 2015.

Christina Paschyn is an international multimedia journalist based in Doha, Qatar, where she also teaches journalism at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared on Euronews, the Christian Science Monitor, and Time Magazine, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, among other publications. She says, “This story [Crimean Tatars] deserved to be recognized and protected.”

The film will be followed by discussion and Q&A with director Christina Paschyn, and updates on the situation in Crimea from Crimean Tatar activists in Kyiv and Crimea via Skype. Expected to participate in the discussion is a representative from the Ukrainian Consulate in Chicago. Donations are suggested to support Crimean Tatars adversely impacted by the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Friday, May 20, 6:30 pm
Ukrainian American Community Center
301 Main St. NE, Minneapolis

To learn more about this event please contact:

301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Mar 17, 2016

“Fiddler On The Roof” performances at Wayzata Community Church

Maidan Minnesota and the War Casualty Fund join the “Fiddler On The Roof” performances at Wayzata Community Church as charity recipients.

Fiddler On The Roof, one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, is coming to Wayzata Community Church on March 17 through March 20 supporting the cause for Ukrainian people!

Good Works Community Theater will bring to life the Ukrainian village of Anatevka, where Tevye the dairyman is trying to balance his life, like a fiddler on a roof, in attempt to hold onto his traditions despite sweeping social change. The musical is directed by Autumn Toussaint, and features the amazingly talented Rick Treece as Tevye. In a wonderful partnership, Wayzata’s own CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory will appear alongside Good Works Community Theater’s Cast to bring the iconic bottle and wedding dances to life. Pre-show entertainment may be shown at weekend performances.

This year, Good Works Community Theater has chosen Maidan Minnesota and the War Casualty Fund as charitable partners to receive the attention of grateful patrons. Two organizations help the most effected by the war in Ukraine (medical supplies, humanitarian aid, etc.)

Fiddler On The Roof will be performed at Wayzata Community Church on Thursday March 17 at 7:00pm, Friday March 18 at 7:00pm, twice Saturday, March 19 at 2:00pm (this performance is child and special needs friendly, as well as a sing along), and 7:00pm, and Sunday March 20 at 2:00pm.

Tickets are not required, and doors will open 30 minutes prior to curtain time.

WCC contact:
125 E. Wayzata Boulevard
Wayzata, MN
Phone 952- 473-8877

For more detailed information about Fiddler On The Roof go to the church website at For additional information on the show, please contact Cami Farley, WCC Communications at 952-473-8877, or email at

Mar 09, 2016

FreeSavchenko Global Rally Day

March 9, 2016. Minneapolis, MN. – MaidanMN joins the global #FreeSavchecnkoDay rally to support release of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot imprisoned without a reason, charged of murder without ability to defend herself, from Russian prison. A POW, Ukrainian Parliament member and PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) delegate, she was kidnapped to Russia over 600 days ago and faces 23 years of jail - detained and facing trial on trumped up charges.

Nadiya was proudly serving her country, Ukraine, as a member of the armed forces, fighting in the eastern part of the country when she was abducted by the pro-russian terrorists and taken across the border against her will. 

During the past 20 months, she has become a symbol of Ukrainian national pride and strength. Her unlawful continuing detention is a clear violation of Russia’s commitment under the Minsk agreements, and she should be freed at once. Recently, Nadiya has begun a new hunger strike to protest her detention, and her health has begun to deteriorate after five days with no food or liquids.

Today we also stand with Nadiya and with the Ukrainian people. And we call on Russia to make the right choice—to drop all charges and release her at once. Nadiya deserves to go home to her family and friends and join her fellow Rada members to begin shaping a new Ukraine.

Please join our worldwide chain of actions in her support.

FreeSavchenko Global Rally Day
4-5 pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Peavy Plaza, Minneapolis

To learn more about Nadiya Savchenko:

To learn more about this event please contact:

301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Nov 30, 2015

Maidan MN President’s message on behalf of the Board of Directors

As we have been reflecting on our journey in the last 1.5 years, we want to thank you all for your continued effort to support Ukraine: we’ve accomplished so much together!

Let us share major accomplishments that became possible because of you – our friends, supporters and volunteers.

Maidan MN Governance

Maidan MN Board of Directors is the governing body forming and executing business strategy for the organization. All board members are dedicated to accomplish the mission of Maidan MN through good faith standing and personal responsibility.

Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian aid is very important measure of Maidan MN’s mission as we reach to the most vulnerable population to ease their suffering. Since the Revolution of Dignity, our organization has allocated and distributed over $90,000 in humanitarian relief to those affected by the war in Ukraine. This effort is ongoing.

Maidan MN Medic

As commonly known, most state hospitals in Ukraine are often incredibly poor equipped to treat the wounded that are in desperate need of what would seem to be basic provisions to medical facilities in the US. The injured people can be left without proper medical help because of the shortage of medical supplies. Since August 2015, we’ve partnered with a nonprofit organization Matter in providing medical supplies to hospitals in Ukraine. All goods are distributed through Narodnyj Tyl - a trusted, attested and well-established volunteer organization in Ukraine. Up to date, Narodnyj Tyl has received about 640 lb. of medical supplies equating of total donation more than $32,000. Maidan MN Medic volunteers are now in the process of packing and shipping another 900 lb. with the estimated donation value of $34,000-$40,000.

Volunteers of Maidan MN Medic invite you to join the team and support this important project.

We need help with:

  • sorting medical supplies at the Matter site
  • packing at St. Constantine Church location and transporting boxes to Paradise Market (shipping facility).

You need to know:

  • no medical training is required to help sorting
  • high school students can use this great opportunity to get volunteer hours
  • because Matter is 501(c)3 organization, additional donations to Matter are possible through your employment; you can check with your employer if you can get paid volunteer hours. (Example: Medtronic will donate $500 to Matter in addition to paid 25 volunteer hours; Cargill allows paid volunteer hours.)
  • Next sorting session is December 8th at 5:30pm-8:30pm

For inquiry about this project, please contact Alla Khan

We would like to extend our special and sincere appreciation to our sponsors:

  • Paradise Market, LLC and its owner Igor Kedyk for covering shipping fees for parcels
  • St. Constantine Church for providing us with storage facility

Building Bridges

An important portion of our work is to tell and share a TRUE story about Ukraine and current events in the country. We’ve completed a number of different projects to tell about ‘Maidan’ movement and the war in Eastern Ukraine to the American public:

  • Music concerts: “Heavenly Hundred” (March 2014); Anastasia Prykhodko and Bria Blessing concerts (2015).
  • Documentaries screening: a special showing of “Babylon’13” at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society; movie night with “The Ukrainians (Добровольці Божої чоти)” with two filmmakers, two ‘cyborgs’ and Foma (the lead singer of the famous Ukrainian band Mandry) in attendance. (Watch our interviews with Foma and Ivan Yasniy)
  • Co-sponsorship of “Forum on Human Rights Violation in Crimea” that was organized by Barb Wieser and Huseyn Tore in collaboration with the Huber H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota that was.
  • Fashioned op-eds, media interviews, panel discussions.
  • Participation of “Kobzar Travels around the World” initiative.
  • (Coming) Holodomor Commemoration ceremony in partnership with UACC will take place Dec. 5 at the Minnesota History Center.

Fundraising Events

In 2015, our relentless volunteers have handmade over 100 headbands (‘vinochky’), bands, holiday decoration items that being sold at the local events to raise funds. We also had a very successful Easter Eggs sale at Kramarczuk’s.

We extend our gratitude to Ukrainian American Community Center, St. Kathryn, St. Constantine, St. Michael’s churches, Paradise Market LLC and Kramarczuk’s for their continuing support.


As Ukraine continues its fight for independency, territorial integrity, and full rights to govern itself through democratic processes and governance, it can’t do it alone, aside of the Ukrainian diaspora across the world. This battle has to be won in every corner of the globe. It has to be won at the battle field that is larger than its territory - political, economic, cultural, informational, and social. If Ukraine succeeds, we all will succeed.

Maidan MN started a sustained membership program to ensure that our support has a pipeline of needed funds. We invite you to become a sustaining member at the level you feel comfortable with. Your membership dues will help Maidan MN to continue raise awareness about Ukraine, provide humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable population in Ukraine and implement quality educational programs and events for the local community. [BECOME A MEMBER BUTTON]

We are proud of the work we have accomplished this far and looking forward to growing our efforts in 2016. Thank you for your participation and support!

We must! We can! And we will do!

Разом ми сила!

Happy Holidays,

Ophelia Karamushko

MaidanMN President Board of Directors

Nov 03, 2015

The Ukrainians: Battle for Donetsk Airport

November 1, 2015. Minneapolis, MN. – MaidanMN invites the general public to attend a screening of the award-winning documentary “The Ukrainians: Battle for Donetsk Airport” (‘Dobrovoltsi Bozhoi choti’) directed by Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasny.

The film is dedicated to the specific phases of the battle for the Donetsk airport featuring soldiers from the Ukrainian Volunteer corps. It combines episodes of fight, death and front-line humor, dedication and resilience, accounts of philosophical discussions and hope for the victory. Filming took place in the village of Peski and at the Donetsk airport terminals during the violent clashes between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists in the spring of 2014.

The event is to be held on November 20 at 7pm at the Little Theater, 2400 Lindbergh Drive, Minnetonka.

Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasniy will be introducing the film. Two soldiers - “cyborgs”, who battled for the airport, will attend the screening speaking firsthand of their time at war, as well as sharing the stories of hopes and dreams of those who left their children, families, and jobs, and risked their lives to protect Ukraine from the foreign aggression. Lead singer Foma (Sergiy Fomenko) from the Ukrainian music band Mandry will join the event. Guests will be available for discussion with the audience after the screening.

The film has been shown in Germany, Italy, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Israel, New Zealand, and Australia, and got awarded at the 2015 Gdańsk DocFilm Festival. The documentary is in Ukrainian with English subtitles, 82 min.

Viewer discretion is advised. Recommended age for attendance is 14+.

Tickets are available online and will be on sale at the door.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Little Theater (Hopkins High School)
2400 Lindbergh Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

To learn more about this event please contact:

301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Oct 23, 2015

Commemoration of Holodomor, a ceremony to honor the memory of the victims of the 1932-1933 Genocide Famine in Ukraine.

Minneapolis, October 22, 2015. – Maidan MN and the Ukrainian American Community Center invite the general public to attend the Commemoration of Holodomor, a ceremony to honor the memory of the victims of the 1932-1933 Genocide Famine in Ukraine.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, Saint Paul, MN, 55102.

The Commemoration is a tribute to the millions of Ukrainians who died due to starvation, deportation to labor camps, and execution during the famine deliberately imposed by Stalin's regime on Soviet Ukraine and primarily ethnically Ukrainian areas in the Northern Caucasus in 1932-1933. The Soviet Union denied the famine account until the late 1980s. The historical analysis of the engineered famine, as well as personal stories, will be shared by members of the local Ukrainian community, accompanied by Holodomor video materials. The event will offer an opportunity to reflect on Ukraine’s tragic and bloodstained past and provide context for Ukraine’s bid for freedom and democracy following upon the Euromaidan Revolution of 2013-2014. The event follows the dedication of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC in November of this year.

“The Great Ukrainian Famine and the Cost of Forgetting” will be presented by Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, Aquinas Chair of Theology and Philosophy, Theology Department, University of St. Thomas. Dr. Gavrilyuk notes, “Holodomor is a revelation of human nature functioning at the extremes of depravity and self-sacrifice. Holodomor is an attempt to rob the people of Ukraine, especially its peasants, of their dignity. The memory of Holodomor is vital for the rebuilding of the Ukrainian state and the formation of civil society following upon the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014.”

Stefan Iwaskewycz will present “Thoughts on the Oral History of the Holodomor,” recollecting his family memories in light of the wordlessness of the victims. He says, “It is fascinating to me that she [my grandmother] frequently and freely spoke to us about her WWII experience; however, she never spoke to us about the Holodomor, never even mentioned it once, until I started to ask her about it as a teenager.”

Valerie Brukhis will unveil the tragedy of inhumanity and the epiphany of humanity through the past and present events in Ukraine in her presentation “Remembering Holodomor Victims, Honoring Euromaidan Heroes.”

A candle lighting ceremony and prayer will conclude the event. Expected in attendance are representatives of religious, ethnic and civic communities of the Twin Cities.

To learn more about this event please contact:

301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sep 16, 2015

15th Annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 20, 2015 Noon to 5:00 pm at the Ukrainian American Community Center

301 Main St NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

MaidanMN will join the ‎UkrainianAmericanCommunityCenter‬ to celebrate 15th annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival on September 20, 2015.

This event builds connections between individuals, families and the broader community of Ukrainian decent, attended by hundreds of people from all walks of life every year. MaidanMN fosters public awareness to support Ukraine in its quest for democracy and human rights.

In the light of great humanitarian needs, MaidanMN will be accepting donations of pain and antifungal medicine, multivitamins and thermal underwear throughout the day at the festival. An informational display will be available for guests. Other goods and items for purchase will be available at the table to raise funds for medical supplies and humanitarian aid for Ukrainian soldiers, hospitals and people in need.

To learn more about this event please contact:

301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Aug 16, 2015

MaidanMN presents Bria Blessing for Ukraine: North America and Canada Charity Tour continues in Minnesota!

August 28 at 7:30 pm at the Hopkins High School Auditorium

Minneapolis, MN - The Minneapolis concert is part of Bria Blessing’s North America and Canada Charity Tour to benefit victims of war in Ukraine. MaidanMN, a public advocacy organization, is proud to bring Bria Blessing to give live performance to support victims of war who had been wounded or injured during military conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The proceeds (90%) after expenses will be donated as humanitarian aid to Ukrainian charities that provide medical and other help to those in need. Other funds (10%) will go towards Bria's Blessing charity project in Africa. Bria will give live performance and will be available for interview and photo signing at the concert. Beloved Ukrainian songs of cultural inheritance, as well as spiritual music, will be featured in the performance. A representative from the Hopkins Mayor's office is expected to welcome Bria and the audience.

Tickets are available for $25-35 at

About Bria Blessing: Bria Blessing is an American born in Texas, who has lived in Ukraine for more than 16 years and is saying about herself as a person with truly Ukrainian soul. She is engaged in various activities to fight human trafficking and serve in music ministries in Lviv and all over Ukraine. Bria Blessing was a successful participant of a talent TV show “The Voice” in Ukraine.

Correspondents who wish to attend the concert should contact

To learn more about this event please contact:

301 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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